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Fei Gao, University of Technology of Belfort-Montbéliard, France Benjamin Blunier, University of Technology of Belfort-Montbéliard, France Abdellatif Miraoui, University of Technology of Belfort-Montbéliard, France

ISBN: 9781848213395

Publication Date: December 2011   Hardback   256 pp.

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The fuel cell is a potential candidate for energy storage and conversion in our future energy mix. It is able to directly convert the chemical energy stored in fuel (e.g. hydrogen) into electricity, without undergoing different intermediary conversion steps. In the field of mobile and stationary applications, it is considered to be one of the future energy solutions.
Among the different fuel cell types, the proton exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cell has shown great potential in mobile applications, due to its low operating temperature, solid-state electrolyte and compactness.
This book presents a detailed state of art of PEM fuel cell modeling, with very detailed physical phenomena equations in different physical domains. Examples and a fully coupled multi-physical 1.2 kW PEMFC model are given help the reader better understand how to use the equations.


Part 1. State of the Art: Of Fuel Cells Modeling
1. General Introduction.
2. PEMFC Structure.
3. Why Model a Fuel Cell?.
4. How Can a Fuel Cell be Modeled?.
5. Literature Models Synthesis.
Part 2. Modeling of the Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cell
6. Model Structural and Functional Approaches.
7. Stack-Level Modeling.
8. Cell-Level Modeling (Membrane-Electrode Assembly, MEA).
9. Individual Layer Level Modeling.
10. Finite Element and Finite Volume Approach.
Part 3. 1D Dynamic Model of a Nexa Fuel Cell Stack
11. Detailed Nexa Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cell Stack Modeling.
12. Model Experimental Validation.

About the Authors

Fei Gao, Benjamin Blunier and Abdellatif Miraoui are researchers at the University of Technology of Belfort-Montbéliard in France. Their research interests include fuel cells, hybrid vehicles and smart grid technology.


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